Fact Check: No, Khusela Diko's husband isn't actually a king

Fact Check: No, Khusela Diko's husband isn't actually a king

- Khusela Diko's husband has come into the spotlight recently after it emerged he scored a R125 million Covid-19 tender

- King Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko, according to his own statement, has declared himself innocent in the scandal

- Briefly.co.za explores whether or not Diko truly is a king as he would like Mzansi to believe

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Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko's husband is front and centre in the R125 million Covid-19 PPE tender scandal.

Numerous reports have dubbed him King Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko, including a joint statement issued by the couple itself to address the allegations.

Now, the grandchildren of Inkosi Madzikane have accused Diko of being 'mischievous' for referring to himself as a king.

SowetanLIVE reports that Diko is apparently not a king but a chief of AmaBhaca, Elubhacweni.

Diko ironically named the company linked to the tender awarded by the Gauteng Department of Health Royal Bhaca Projects but the latest information sees the group distancing itself from the situation entirely.

Fact Check: No, Khusela Diko's husband isn't actually a king

The Diko family has portrayed Madzikane as a king. Image: GCIS
Source: UGC

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In fact, the statement revealed that the Amabhaca people don't have a king explaining that:

“Without having to bore everyone with a long historical account, but those who’ve cared to follow our nation’s history will be aware that after the passing on of King Ncapayi, we have never had any King."

The family have raised concerns over Diko claiming to be something he most certainly is not:

“Chief Thandisizwe presents himself as a King and not a chief. A King that we don't have as an entire nation of Amabhaca. A King has a status of reign supreme over a nation whilst Chiefs are sub-divided according to the villages they represent. He is a chief of Lubhacweni in that respect and other villages have their own chiefs as well."

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a report had revealed that a minimum of R80 million for PPE through a company known as Ledla Structural Development.

The payments were reportedly made over the course of two weeks in numerous transactions ranging from R120 000 and R38 million.

The products invoiced allegedly mirror the items detailed in the original contract with Royal Bhaca Projects.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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